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We now offer numerous online courses for those who do not with to attend in person or at a telecast location. Course descriptions and additional information provided in the course catalog below.
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Online Summer 2022 Course Offerings

Course registration opens April 4.

 

  • History of Midwifery

    Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30p | 4wks | 5/18-6/15

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: Sharon Schlicher, Midwife

    Location: Zoom
    Important Info: $25 for a la carte members

     

    We will examine the history of midwifery starting from Greek and Roman mythology to Celtic goddesses. We will discuss why these “sage femmes,” or Wise Women, were considered dangerous by the church and killed during the Burning Times. We’ll jump forward to Oklahoma’s history to examine the midwives who caught babies along the Trail of Tears, as well as African-American midwives working in historically Black communities.

  • The Original Sin

    Thursdays, 1:30-3:30p | 3wks | 6/2-6/16

    Format: Online class
    Instructor: Dr. Jeffrey Walker, OSU Professor Emeritis, English

    Location: Zoom
    Important Info: $25 for a la carte members.

    Text: P. D. James, “Original Sin,” Vintage, 2009, ISBN 978-0-307-45557-4

     

    Slavery may be America’s “Original Sin,” but for P. D. James, the original sin in her novel is more than a metaphorical reference to the Bible. Original Sin reveals the betrayal of family by one of its own, all for the purposes of revenge. Set in a publishing firm, the story shows Commander Adam Dalgleish and his team looking to history for the vital clues and motives, but before the puzzles are solved, murder begets murder as the killer strikes again and again.

  • The WPA in Oklahoma

    Mondays, 10a-12p | 4wks | 5/16-6/13

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: Becky Hatchett, History enthusiast & retired librarian

    Location: Zoom
    Important Info: $25 for a la carte members. No class 5/30

     

    In 1935 amid the Great Depression, Congress created the Works Progress Administration to administer $5 billion for public works that “would provide long-term benefit to local communities” (Oklahoma Historical Society). The WPA employed 119,000 Oklahomans from 1935 to 1937, and by 1937 had spent more than $59 million in Oklahoma. Along with the structures that we all recognize as WPA projects, WPA workers (including musicians, artists, actors and writers) created resources, documents, surveys and maps that are useful for genealogical and historical research, as well as artistic projects that have added considerably to our lives in Oklahoma. In this class we will look at some of these contributions by WPA workers: from interviews with pioneers, Native Americans and former slaves to post office murals, schools and bridges to the preservation of local history.

  • JFK in Berlin

    Tuesday, 10a-12p | 1wk | 5/17

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: Anette Isaacs, German Historian and Educator

    Location: Zoom
    Important Info: $10 for a la carte members.

     

    The President's 105th birthday is a wonderful occasion to remember his epoch-making visit to Berlin. For almost 45 years the German Metropolis, divided by a 98-mile-long concrete wall, was synonymous with the Cold War in Europe. Join German historian Anette Isaacs for a joyful look back to this special Wednesday in June of 1963 that was so tremendous that it inspired JFK to turn to his aide Ted Sorensen and say: "We'll never have another day like this one, as long as we live."

  • The Sistine Chapel

    Thursday, 10a-12p | 1wk | 5/19

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: Nancy McAfee, Art Historian

    Location: Zoom
    Important Info: $10 for a la carte members

     

    Let’s look closely at the world’s most famous ceiling to discover its history and learn how Michelangelo’s passion (and talent!) drove him to spend four years creating for the church and the pope. In this one-time class, we will look at the ceiling’s iconography and the most recent restoration that returned it to the glorious original colors painted in the 16th Century.

Free, Single-Sessions

Online Spring 2022 Course Offerings
  • Market & Economics Update

    Tuesday, 10a-12p | 1wk | 5/17

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor:Various

    Josh Randolph regional manager and executive vice president of Arvest Wealth Management in Bartlesville. Randolph began his career in the financial services industry in 1994, joining Arvest Wealth Management in September 2003. He received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Oklahoma State University with a major in finance.  

     

    Adam Hewett is a senior investment officer with Arvest Wealth Management. A graduate of University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management, Hewett has been working in the financial industry since 2003. 

     

    Scott Hopson is an investment officer for Arvest Wealth Management. He graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., with a Bachelor of Science in business administration.

    Location: Zoom
    Important Info: Free

     

    When the world’s financial markets go a little crazy, it’s easy to be concerned (and confused). Political updates and current events certainly effect the markets. So do the economy, inflation and corporate earnings reports. In this one-time session, you will learn how all of these impact the markets and the U.S. economy.

  • Personal Finance in the Digital Age: Estate and Legacy Gifting

    Tuesday, 1:30-3:30p | 1wk | 5/17

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: Cody Murray, Financial planner

    Location: Zoom
    Important Info: Free

     

    Most of us know someone who didn't have their ducks in a row and left a financial mess for their heirs, which resulted in a legal mess. In this one-time session, we will talk about ways to make a difference in the world well after you have left it. Estate and legacy gifting is key to ensuring your money follows your wishes. We will cover wills, powers of attorney, health care directives, trusts and more.

  • Personal Finance in the Digital Age: Cryptocurrency

    Tuesday, 1:30-3:30p | 1wk | 5/24

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: Cody Murray, Financial planner

    Location: Zoom
    Important Info: Free

     

    You’ve heard about it. Cryptocurrency is all over the news and creating quite a buzz. But do you really know what it is? Did you know that almost every major bank owns cryptocurrency? In this one-time session, you will learn what cryptocurrency is, how it was created, how it is mined, what it can be used for and how it will affect the future. We will also cover common terms and answer any questions about digital assets and more specifically cryptocurrency.

  • Not Just Consumption: The History of Tuberculosis

    Wednesday, 10a-12p | 1wk | 6/1

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: Keri Albauer, TB Educator, OKDH

    Location: Zoom
    Important Info: Free

     

    You’ve watched this scene in movies: someone covers mouth to cough into a cloth handkerchief. A closer look at the fabric as the cougher pulls the hankie away from the face. There’s blood splatter on the vibrant white cloth. Entire books have been written about the journey west to languish in dry-air sanitoriums. In this one-time session, we’ll discuss the history of tuberculosis, and we’ll review the facts. We’ll review the difference between TB infection vs. TB disease. And we’ll discuss what’s being done to eliminate TB in the state of Oklahoma.

  • Somersett: Benjamin Franklin and the Masterminding of American Independence

    Tuesday, 1:30-3:30p | 1wk | 5/31

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: Phillip Goodrich, MD, Historian

    Location: Zoom
    Important Info: Free

     

    In this one-time session, you’ll learn the story of Benjamin Franklin's secret plan to turn the northern and southern colonies against their oppressors, and how the freeing of one slave, Somersett, was the catalyst for the colonies to come together against the crown. You’ll also discover how the Civil War was not the only time the United States engaged in battle over the preservation of slavery in the American south.

 

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